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Feb. 26-March 1: 38th Pan African Student Leadership Conference

Molefi Kete Asante is keynote speaker at conference founded in 1977 by Michael T. Fagin.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-19-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Scholar Molefi Kete Asante, a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, will be the keynote speaker at the 38th Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference to be held Thursday, Feb. 26 through Saturday, March 1 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Asante, who has written more than 70 books and 400 articles, will speak at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom. Asante’s speech is free and open to the public.

Asante, who received his doctorate from UCLA at the age of 26 in 1968 and was appointed a full professor at the age of 30 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has been recognized as one of the 10 most widely cited African Americans, according to the biography on his website.

This year’s conference theme is “The Power of Education in Advancing the Pan African Community.”

A complete schedule and registration information is available online here. For more information about the conference, call Michael Fagin at 507-389-1126 or send an email to:

The conference will host delegates from throughout the United States as well as a number of international students and nationally known speakers.

In addition to Asante, the speakers during the conference will include Amos Otis, CEO of SoBran INC; John Register, associate director for community and veterans’ programs of the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee; Tamrat Tademe, a faculty member at St. Cloud State University; Lissa Jones, a Twin Cities radio host; Eddie Moore Jr., director of diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Raymond Asomani-Boateng, faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato; George Amedee, faculty member at Southern University at New Orleans; author and speaker Mary Whitney; and Johnson Afolayan, faculty member at Minnesota State Mankato.

Fagin founded the Pan African Student Leadership Conference in 1977 after traveling to West Africa with a few students, and Mahmoud El-Kati, a recurring guest speaker, inspired Dr. Fagin to institutionalize the conference and celebrate Africa and its culture.

The event is sponsored by various colleges and departments at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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